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A collection of news, tips and guides for everything within the popular MMORPG, Guild Wars 2, from ArenaNet.

Author: GW2Guidez

Guild Wars 2 PvP Overview & Tips

Posted by GW2Guidez Tuesday December 4 2012 at 9:48AM
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GW2 PvP System

There are lots of different kinds of PVP games that you can play in Guild Wars 2, these are some basic helpful tips that should be useful in any situation where yo are fighting another player. The biggest mistake you can make: Think that you can play the same way that you play your PVE game.


The first big difference from PVE to PVP, you need to be mobile almost all the time. Characters have to aim to hit you. Area attacks have to be targeted, and melee characters need to face you . If you are moving around they will have a harder time making you a target. You should also note than they have to keep Line of Sight(LOS) on you to attack.

If you can get behind something, you will be safer from ranged attacks. When you are attacking, your opponents are going to be moving around as well. Use attacks that hinder movement, or completely immobilize them. This way you will hit more often by forcing them to be slow or still. Skills that allow you to jump or teleport are very useful in PVP, consider using them as well.

PvP can be challenging and difficult to master. Learn how to dominate GW2 PvP with a Guild Wars 2 Guide on our main website!

You can prevent a lot of harm to yourself by watching your opponent, and anticipating his move. If you know a big attack is coming, be prepared to use a blocking skill or try to evade by rolling away. This will waste their attack skill and put you in a better position to counter. A good tactic is to roll forward past your opponent, and then you will be behind them, and hopefully catch them off guard.

PVP is a Team Sport

Most of the time you will be in PVP with other players, and by helping your team focus attacks on a single target will generally lead you to victory. Use skills that highlight an opponent or make them fall down, anything as an obvious sign to your team that they are weakened. The other allies and opponents you will encounter are summoned creatures and pets. If you have them, use them to frustrate casters, or be a distraction to melee fighters. If you are fighting, these should be your last targets. Go after them only if you have no players to attack. The players are much more dangerous than their pets are.


Keep the team objective in mind at all times. This is important, and it’s easy to forget. If you are capturing a point, don’t get drawn away to fight somewhere else. Keep the battle on the point, or where your objective is. It’s very easy to get caught up in chasing down a fleeing almost dead enemy, only to run into a larger group, and get killed. Remember that you don’t win for kills but for winning the points, or taking the keep. Try to never be alone, a group has a much better chance of winning if they stick together or in small groups.

Another form of PvP in this game is the GW2 WvW gametype. Check out our post regarding it to learn more.

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Guild Wars 2 Crafting Guide – Craft it Up in GW2

Posted by GW2Guidez Monday December 3 2012 at 3:24PM
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Crafting in Guild Wars 2 tends to be a fun experience, as well as providing you with useful items for your own characters or that you can sell to others. Each of your characters can be working with two crafting disciplines at any time. The good news is you’re not locked into the choices you make! You can change your professions at any time. Your previous profession is put on hold, and you can take it up again later if you choose to. There are 8 total crafting professions, and resource gathering trades are available to everyone, and don’t count against the limit. In fact, you can equip the tools for each all the time, so you are prepared to harvest when you find some resources.


Each profession has it’s own recipes of items that you can create. These are learned either by finding the recipe out in the world, either as loot, or from a NPC vendor, or you will learn them yourself through the discovery mode.

Get a full, step by step, leveling and general basics course to crafting by checking out the GW2 crafting guide found on the main page of our website.

In Discovery, you take some of your known crafting materials or parts, and attempt to find combinations that will create new items. The game will give you a hint as to how many possible items can come from a material you put in, but it’s up to you to figure out what the other components are. Once you have learned a recipe, it’s added to your recipe book and you will be able to make them.

Prepare to Craft

Crafting is not difficult, but it will require you to do a few things. You will need a lot of space for your parts. Your bank has a special tab just for basic ingredients, and you will see that there are quite a few. What you will need space for is all the components that you will make. You will probably want to get yourself some big bags to improve your inventory as soon as possible if you are serious about crafting. Your ability to level your crafting is not tied to your characters level.

You will gain experience as long as you keep making things. It is possible to level up from crafting alone! Unfortunately, you will need a large supply of raw materials. These can be found in the world, either as loot drops or from harvesting nodes, or you can salvage unwanted items that you find, and turn them back into raw materials. You can also try buying resources on the Trading Post, but that will be the most costly method. If you are part of a guild, many times resources are shared among guild members, this can be really helpful in getting yourself leveled up in crafting.


Sell and Trade

Once you’ve made your crafted items, you can try to sell them or trade to friends or guild mates, or sell them on the Trading Post. Item prices vary, but as you watch the Trading Post, you can learn what items that you make will be profitable. Typically, the more rare the item, the more it will sell for.

For more details on crafting and other aspects of Guild Wars 2 such as choosing a profession, earning XP fast and more, check out our GW2 leveling tips to learn how to rack up the experience and level your character quick.

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GW2 Leveling Guide – Tips & Tricks for Leveling Fast

Posted by GW2Guidez Monday December 3 2012 at 2:52PM
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Leveling is an important aspect of pretty much every MMORPG that has ever been released, with the exception of The Secret World. Guild Wars 2, however, isn’t an exception. Unfortunately, leveling can be a long, arduous task. And, for some, it can even be boring. But there are ways to quickly and easily level up your character. It’ll still take a little time and patience but it’s well worth looking over the leveling tips below to help you make quick works of progressing your toon in-game.

The way and place that you level will depend on which of the GW2 races you selected during the character creation section of the game. Each race has it’s own starting point and mini-quests to take on to help kickstart the leveling process. Also keep in mind that completing story quests along the way when you’re appropriately leveled is a quick, easy way to earn extra experience while doing other leveling tasks. Below we’ve outlined a few hot tips to level faster. Also check out our GW2 leveling guide for even more info.

General GW2 Leveling Tips

1. Play World versus World A TON – Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter what level you are in GW2, you can still benefit greatly from the WvW gameplay. Hell, you can immediately jump into the GW2 WvWaction as soon as you’re done with character creation and start earning a ton of XP, karma and even gold. All you have to do is help your team to capture keeps and participate in any dynamic events that become available to you. It’s fast, fun and it works well, especially for new players.

2. Gather Crafting Items – As soon as you have enough gold to do so, go to a vendor and buy all 3 tools for gathering (pickaxe, scythe, axe) and equip them to your character. Once you’ve done this, start roaming around and collecting any useful materials you can find for crafting. In GW2 you earn experience for both gathering materials and crafting items. And this can be done at any level.

3. Complete Heart Quests in GW2 – Even from your race’s starting area you’ll notice there are empty gold hearts plastered all over your map. Travel to these locations and complete the quests associated with these areas. They’re usually pretty simple, quick quests that can earn you a fair amount of experience points and gold. This is mainly useful for beginning players but can prove helpful for higher leveled characters as well.

4. Buy Boost Gems – Boost gems can be pricey, so you better have a hefty amount of gold for this one, but they can be extremely useful for leveling. The gems provide your character with a 50% increase in experience gains per hour. Might not seem like a lot, but 1.5x experience can add up pretty quickly if you’re going out and killing enemies and completing quests often.

5. Complete Dynamic Events – Dynamic events have been a popular system among MMO games lately (namely games like RIFT) and these events can help your character a ton when leveling. Simply look for orange circles on your map and head to them. These are where you’ll find the events. They provide significant rewards in XP, gold and even karma. Sometimes they may interfere with heart quests you’re currently involved in. If this happens, forget about the heart quest and pursue the event (events reward you better).

6. Grab a GW2 Leveling Guide – Looking to save time and level your character to level 80 as quickly as possible? Picking up a guide may suit your needs. Most guides provide players with secret leveling locations, tips for maximizing XP gains and more to help them quickly and easily level up. The best one available right now is one called GW2 Domination. It’s packed full of great tips and tricks for leveling your toon fast to reach the level cap.

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GW2 Cooking Leveling Guide 1-400

Posted by GW2Guidez Monday November 19 2012 at 10:11PM
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Video tutorial -


Cooking is by far one of the most rewarding crafting disciplines within Guild Wars 2. Why? Because you can gain TONS of experience for both crafting and normal leveling from it PLUS it is generally one of the cheapest crafts to bring up to the max level of 400. It’s best if you start leveling Chef as soon as possible but it’s still rewarding if you start at later levels as well. Below we have provided a complete, fast leveling guide for cooking for levels 1 to 400.

NOTE: If you want to speed through this as the guide intends be sure to purchase a crafting booster (gives a 50% boost for one hour) which only costs 150 gems right now on the Black Lion Trading Company. It’s not required, but still recommended to speed up the process.

Cooking Leveling Guide 1-400

If you are able to find the ingredients for each item via a merchant, purchase them there as they will be slightly cheaper. As for materials not found at a merchant, purchase them on the Trading Post. Remember that you can sell off some of the items you craft to even out the coin you’ll spend for materials. Some crafted materials in the beginning aren’t worth much, though.

Levels 1 – 40

Item to Craft: Balls of Dough

Quantity: 114

Requires: Jug of Water x 114, Stick of Butter x 114, Bag of Flour x 114

GW2 Bottle of Simple Dressing Recipe

Levels 40 – 75

Item to Craft: Bottle of Simple Dressing (130), Pasta Noodles (11)

Quantity: 130, 11

Requires: Jar of Vegetable Oil x 130, Jar of Vinegar x 130, Pile of Salt and Pepper x 130, Jug of Water x 11, Bag of Flour x 11, Egg x 11

GW2 Blackberry Pie Recipe

Levels 315 – 330

Item to Craft: Roasted Parsnip

Quantity: 20

Requires: Parsnip x 20, Jar of Vegetable Oil x 20, Pile of Salt and Pepper x 20

Levels 330 – 350

Item to Craft: 2 Bowls of Poultry and Leek Soup

Quantity: 15

Requires: Bowl of Cream Soup Base x 15, Slab of Poultry Meat x 15, Leek x 15

Levels 350 – 375

Item to Craft: Spicier Flank Steak

Quantity: 25

Requires: Slab of Red Meat x 25, Cayenne Pepper x 25

Levels 375 – 400

Item to Craft: 3 Peach Pies

Quantity: 82

Requires: Bowl of Peach Pie Filling x 82, Ball of Dough x 82


If you do this all in one sitting it will take a few hours, a little less if you use a crafting booster. We took our time a bit and did this across 3 days. That’s a complete leveling of cooking from 1 to 400 in just 3 days, most people will finish faster than that. This will bring you up to Master Chef. Please note that the more you craft any given item, the less experience you will gain from it and, eventually, you’ll earn little to no experience from crafting once you reach the Master level.

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Guild Wars 2 Urmaug's Secret Jumping Puzzle Guide

Posted by GW2Guidez Saturday October 27 2012 at 5:35PM
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Urmaug’s Secret is one of the least complicated jumping puzzles found in Guild Wars 2. This particular puzzle is located in the Lion’s Arch just Northwest of the Lion’s Shadow Inn Waypoint. This Waypoint can be found East of the Grand Piazza. We have a full video tutorial for this puzzle so be sure to watch it below or check out the text guide located directly below the video for detailed instructions.

Urmaug's Secret Jumping Puzzle Tutorial video >

Step 1

Head NW down the path shown in the video from your start position at the Lion’s Shadow Inn waypoint. Take the path all the way to the back of the map where you see the waterfall in the distance. Cross the bridge in front of the waterfall and then turn right to head into the cave behind it. From here, head into the smaller cave entrance near the back.

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Step 2

Once inside the smaller cave walk forward and then look left. Jump onto the tip of the pointy rock found on the floor. Start jumping onto the rocks that sort of take you in a circle around the edges of the walls (refer to video). Make the big leap over to the far wall rock ledge then turn right and make another big leap onto the flat topped rock across from you.

Step 3

Turn your character right until you’re facing the middle of the room. Jump from your ledge to the tip of the point rock in the middle. Take your time and make a precise jump for this one as it is easy to fall off of it. From here it gets a bit easier and more obvious. Jump onto the rock directly in front of you and then to the rocks on the right up the wall where it basically looks like a stepping stone staircase.

Step 4

Make the few jumps required (refer to video) to make your way up the steepest part of the rock incline. Once at the top you just have to jump onto a few easy to get to rock steps and then you’ll be at the top and can walk on through to the rewards.

This particular puzzle is known as Urmaug’s Secret but we just call it the Lion’s Arch waterfall jumping puzzle. It’s pretty easy to find and pretty easy to complete no matter how good you are at jumping.


As mentioned in the video, we’re not entirely sure how to rewards work for these puzzles. They could be level based, they could be profession based or they very well could be completely random. Whatever the method to the madness is, you get a few decent rewards for just jumping around having a good time! Hope this tutorial helped!


Guild Wars 2 Sharkmaw Caverns Jumping Puzzle Guide

Posted by GW2Guidez Saturday October 27 2012 at 5:31PM
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As we mentioned in our previous post and YouTube video, there is a bit of a secret behind the Vista found near Sharkmaw Caverns in the Lion’s Arch area of GW2. This Vista led us to believe that there may be more to the cave behind it than just a cool mouth-like design. Turns out this cave is actually home to a forgetful pirate ghost who has hidden treasure buried within the cave. And to get it you’ll have to complete one of Guild Wars 2′s infamous jumping puzzles! Here’s the video tutorial:

Step 1

In order to start this puzzle you’ll first want to get the Vista, you can do so by checking out our GW2 Sharkmaw Caverns Vista tutorial where we outline exactly where the Vista is and how to easily reach it. Once you’ve gotten it, just head straight into the mouth of the cave by jumping in and making sure you land in appropriate place so you don’t die from hitting the ground too hard or getting pierced by a spike on the way down. Swim through the path shown in the video.

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Step 2

Head straight up the purple / blue rocks toward where the ghost orb went. Once you find the light orb hit ‘F’ to Inspect it and you’ll discover that it’s none other than the ghost of the pirate known as Captain Weyandt. He will guide you through the first part of the puzzle but will lead you astray once in a while so to make quick work of the maze like puzzle look for arrows on the ground that are made of stones. Follow them. You CAN walk through certain walls (refer to video).

Step 3

Head up the short hill and then walk right toward the waterfall. Run through the stream and jump up the rocks. You’ll come up to the “rock staircase”. Jump up these rocks to get on the top level to head up to the green stair case.

Step 4

During this segment of the puzzle you’ll have to go through several hallways where there are loads of spike traps and a few jumps over spike pits. Try not to get hit by any spikes as they do deal decent damage. You will need to get past several sets of these spike traps but they are pretty simple to get by.

Step 5

Head straight down the ledge and then, once at the end, turn right and head down the steep hill. Then onto the small stone pillar and then onto the stone platform. Try your best not to fall off, if you fall you will have to start all over again. Head down the path to the end then take a right.

Step 6

Jump onto the tops of the rocks directly in front of you. Choose to either light your path via flame-based spells or use the gamma increase trick (shown in video) to see the rocks you need to jump to. Make your way across the middle to the final rock platform in the back of this area.

Step 7

Jump down the rock mouth formation on the right side (lit with an orange torch, NOT the blue/green torch). Swim up to the surface of the water then toward the crevice in the rocks. Head to the torch-lit area and claim your reward via the Magnificent Chest. Speak with Captain Weyandt then do a 180 degree turn and head through the semi-hidden doorway.

Step 8

Walk up to and talk with the ghost (First Mate Shane) who is a Karma vendor (cultural weaponsmith) who will sell you rare pirate weapons. These all require 9,800 Karma points to purchase and at least a level 40 character to use but are cool nonetheless. They are soulbound so you can’t sell them. Head down the path behind Shane and dive off the waterfall (fun way) or just teleport to wherever you please. That’s it!


Overall, the jumping puzzle of Sharkmaw Caverns is a little tricky but is pretty easy and gives you a cool reward at the end. Hope the video tutorial has helped you!

Guild Wars 2 WvW (World vs World) Overview

Posted by GW2Guidez Friday October 26 2012 at 4:12PM
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General Information About WvW

Guild Wars 2 features two different styles of player versus player combat. One of the newest additions, and also a very unique one to MMO games, is the mode called World vs World (or WvW). In this particular gametype of GW2 players from 3 different servers can go all out in combat that spans across 4 maps. Each map can support hundreds of players, making this a truly massive PvP battle.

How to Enter WvW Matches


Some players seem to be confused on how to join World vs World matches. There are 3 different methods of doing it. You can either hit the B key on your keyboard which brings up the WvW stat window and choose a world to join, find and enter a portal to Lion’s Arch or open the window for the Hero Panel. Within the Hero Panel you need to simply click the Hero tab and then click on the button that says “Be in the Mists” to join WvW battles.

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Holding Objectives in WvW

In order to score points for your entire team in WvW matches you and your team players must hold certain objectives. These include resource camps, keeps, towers and a castle. Each is worth a certain amount of points. Resource camps are worth 5 points, towers are worth 10 points, keeps are worth 25 points and, finally, the castle is worth a massive 50 points. In order to receive points from each your team needs to hold the objective for 5 minutes. Every 5 minutes the point value for an objective will be added to your team’s total score.

Capturing an objective is no simple task. On top of having to ward off opposing team players you’ll also have to take out defenses setup around objectives which can include an assortment of NPC guards, walls, doors, a Tower/Keep/Castle lord and inner walls. Once your team has captured the objective, however, these defenses will work for you rather than against you. It is wise to try and protect these to ensure opposing teams don’t overrun and take over the objective.

Using Siege Weapons in WvW

Siege weapons can be very useful for teams trying to capture objectives. They can quickly and easily dispose of medium to large groups of other PvP players attempting to gain the objectives. These come in a large variety including cannons, mortars and hot oil. There are others such as a flame ram and ballista. Most are used to either fire rocks or explosives toward enemy players. Some are short range, others are long range and nearly all are a bit slow to fire.

Gaining Experience and Items

For every kill you get, whether it be NPC or player, you’ll earn a bit of experience and have the chance of grabbing loot drops as well. These are NOT items that the actual player is carrying, just rewards for killing the opponent. It can be anything. All drops are randomly generated so you never really know what you’re going to get for killing an enemy player.